HONG KONG, CHINA – JULY 2012: Tai O is a traditional fishing village on the west coast of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. An agreeable counterpoint to the bustle of the city, Tai O offers visitors a peaceful escape with all the charms of traditional village culture. Recently, Tai O Heritage Hotel restored the village’s 100-year old police station to its full architectural splendor, cleverly adding posh modern amenities without overwhelming the building’s tasteful minimalist aesthetic. Among those amenities is Tai O Lookout, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, which affords patrons a scenic view from the top of the building. In keeping with the Tai O Heritage’s elegant atmosphere, Hong Kong-based A/V designer Sound Classy Holding Limited gave the restaurant a high-fidelity sound system based on the Symetrix Jupiter 8 turnkey signal processor and the Symetrix ARC-2e user interface. Sound Classy works directly with Sanecore Audio Ltd, Symetrix’ distributor in Hong Kong.
Sound Classy designed the system to be intuitive for the restaurant staff to operate. At the same time, the system’s processor had to be capable of properly implementing the FIR filters needed for Fulcrum Acoustics loudspeakers, which Sound Classy had specified for their unique ability to blend visually into the architecture of a space. SCHOT Ltd. A/V integration company installed the system at Tai O Lookout, which covers the restaurant itself, as well as the adjoining outdoor balcony.
A few wireless microphones join a CD player and an iPod docking station at the input side of the Symetrix Jupiter 8, which accepts both mic- and line-level signals. Australian Monitor XA Series amplifiers power the distributed loudspeaker system across four separate zones, each with independent volume control. Fulcrum Acoustics Prophile series “P” loudspeakers convey the input source with an honesty and intimacy befitting the Tai O Lookout’s elegant décor.
The Symetrix Jupiter series processors possess a design topology inspired by Smartphone “app” paradigm. Just as a Smartphone can turn into any number of quite divergent tools with the application of divergent apps, so too the Jupiter can turn into any number of quite divergent signal processors. Users simply upload an “app” appropriate for a particular sound-processing situation, and the Jupiter configures itself appropriately. Sound Classy specified the “Sound Reinforcement 10” app, which possesses all of the necessary routing logic necessary and signal processing (including FIR filters) for Tai O Lookout. The addition of a simple Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote allows restaurant staff to select the input and to adjust volumes within the different zones.
“No other processor is so easy to set up, so great sounding, and so affordable as the Symetrix Jupiter,” said Him Chan, system designer at Sound Classy. “Not only was it simple to find and install the correct app, it was easy to dial in the correct settings on the FIR filters. The hotel owners and the restaurant staff are very happy with the sound and its operation.”
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